ANAHEIM — Trea Turner has begun rehabbing at the team’s Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, the Nationals revealed Wednesday, more than a week after Turner was scheduled to receive a second opinion on his fractured right wrist. The team added that his recovery is on schedule, but it did not provide what that schedule was or set any timetable for his return.
General manager Mike Rizzo offered some clarity earlier Wednesday morning when he told 106.7 FM Radio in Washington that Turner has yet to resume swinging, but regular X-ray and bone scans showed that the bone is healing at the expected pace.
“He’s young and athletic,” Rizzo said. “It won’t take him long to get back on the field once he can begin baseball activities. In the meantime, he’s doing all his other exercises. He’s working out, lifting weights, running, keeping his legs in shape and that type of thing.”
Taylor to begin baseball activities soon
Nationals manager Dusty Baker noted on Wednesday that center fielder Michael Taylor was set to resume baseball activities on Wednesday, although Taylor was not on the field when the team took batting practice. Still, it was a positive sign for Taylor, who has been on the disabled list with a right oblique strain since July 7.
“You don’t want to rush him because you want that thing to calm down and to heal,” Baker said. “He’s in a hurry, but he’s working harder and will probably be in better shape, which he was already in great shape, when he gets back.”